October 2010

Monthly Archive

The Morning Brew #702

Posted by Chris Alcock on 07 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Announcing NuPack, ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta, and WebMatrix Beta 2 - Scott Guthrie announces the release of new betas of ASP.NET MVC 3 and Web Matrix, along with a first public release of NuPack, an Open Source Package Manager for .NET which will provide (another) means of packaging open source libraries and make it easy for developers to add references to these projects.
    • Introducing NuPack Package Management for .NET - Another piece of the Web Stack - Scott Hanselman discusses NuPack in more detail looking at its command line and GUI based use, alogn with discussing a change in role for him at Microsoft where he will be working with the web technologies team to promote things link NuPack.
    • ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta Released - Phil Haack announces the ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta release, highlighting the detailed release notes, and discussing what is included and what is not included in this beta release, along with outlining the details of the next steps for MVC3.
    • Microsoft announces WebMatrix Beta 2 - The Official Microsoft Web Platform Team Blog announces the release of the 2nd Beta of WebMatrix, the completely free development environment for building simplified web applications on the Microsoft Stack
    • Introducing NuPack Package Manager - Phil Haack also shares some information and thoughts on NuPack, discussing the type of problem it is designed to solve, along with talking about the guiding principles of the project.
  • Mono 2.8 is out - Miguel de Icaza announces the release of Mono 2.8. This new release is a major update and contains C#4 support, the new Generational Garbage Collector, the inclusion of a number of new .NET Open Source licensed technologies from Microsoft, and much more.
  • WoVS Quick Add Reference VS Extension helps you say goodbye to the Add Reference Dialog - Greg Duncan highlights a new Visual Studio 2010 Extension which provides a solution to the always slow Add References Dialog. WoVS Quick Add Reference brings ReSharper like Add Reference support where you type the type name and the IDE suggests where that type lives and offers the ability to reference the assmebly.
  • Razor Syntax Highlighter for MVC 3 Beta - Ben from BuildStarted.com shares an updated ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta supporting extension for Visual Studio which adds syntax highlighting for the Razor View Engine

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  • The Evolution of Package Management for .NET - Rob Reynolds talks about his involvement in the Nu / NuPack package management system, talking about his experiences of how the projects were created and managed, and why package management is important.
  • Unicorns, Triple Rainbows, Package Management and Lasers - Bil Simser shares an overview of NuPack, along with links to related posts from other well know bloggers, download links, and his story of its creation.
  • NuPack .NET package management open-source software released - developer Fusion - Chris Alexander reports of the release of NuPack, and includes details of discussions between Seb Lambla (of OpenRasta, and more recently OpenWrap fame) and Steve Balmer at a recent London event debating the Microsoft way of creating Open Source software.
  • Unobtrusive Client Validation in ASP.NET MVC 3 &Unobtrusive Ajax in ASP.NET MVC 3 - Brad Wilson discusses two of the new features of the ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta release. Unobtrusive Client Validation brings a clean unobtrusive way of adding validation via data attributes with consumer code in jQuery, and Unobtrusive Ajax also revolves round data attributes to add ajax functioanlity to standard forms
  • ASP.NET MVC 3 Service Location, Part 1: Introduction - Brad has also updated his 10 part ASP.NET MVC 3 series to contain the correct information relating to the Beta release
  • POCO Results for MVC Actions - Javier G. Lozano looks at extending ASP.NET MVC to allow your actions to return POCO (Plain Old CLR Objects) and ahve them automatically serialized to JSON using the NewtonSoft JSON.NET Serializer.
  • Experimental ASP.NET MVC Add-ins - Miike Hadlow explores the creation of a Plugin architecture for his ASP.NET MVC powered e-commerce shop, looking at using the Managed Extensibility Framework to provide this functionality.
  • October PragPub Magazine is here! - The Pragmatic Bookshelf announces the October edition of PragPub Magazine, available in PDF, epub, Mobi and HTML formats this edition contains articles on HTML5, agile programming, and good code.
  • Writing a Compiler in C#: Lexical Analysis - Sasha Goldshtein posts on the creation of a compiler implemented in C# for a simple programming language. In this post, setting the context of the language and exploring the lexical analysis involved in parsing code written in a programming language.
  • NHibernate 3 and Autofac, can go together? (part 2) - Thang Chung continues this series of posts with a look at the AutoFac Inversion of Control Container, and looks at wiring it up to support NHibernate use,
  • Announcing Bootstrap - a simple JS library for loading scripts - Scott Koon provides a simple bootstrapping function for the lazy inclusion of JavaScript libraries, only including them in the page when your custom JavaScript requires them.

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The Morning Brew #701

Posted by Chris Alcock on 06 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Many thanks for all the 700th edition support and feedback, your kind comments and retweets are the things that keep me producing The Morning Brew every day.

Software

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  • What is Functional Programming? Part 5, Bindings - Christopher Bennage continues his series of posts on Functional Programming with a quick look at bindings using the let keyword, exploring the true meaning of the keyword and the power it provides.
  • Introduction to Functional Languages - DotNet-TV.com shares a video from ON Microsoft which is a 15 minute discussion of functional languages with Luke Hoban, the Program Manager for F#.
  • Rethinking user interface test automation - Gojko Adzic shares some thoughts based on Geoff Bache’s "Making GUI testing productive and Agile" presentation at Agile Testing Days 2010, discussing the brittleness of recorded tests, the use and abuse of assertions and some alternative approaches to UI testing.
  • Five rules for writing effective UI tests - Jimmy Bogard shares his top 5 rules for writing good UI tests, derived from his years of experience of creating UI tests and for working with some other talented developers. These rules can be applied regardless of the technologies used, and provide good food for thought, well worth reading before you attempt your latest UI testing
  • Extending ASP.NET MVCâs Validation - Mike Ormond shares this week’s MSDN Flash featured article from David Bending addressing the extensibility of ASP.NET MVC validation, showing how you can extend the platform to provide hooks for implementing custom complex validations.
  • RavenDB - Image Gallery Project (VII) - User Registration - Rob Ashton presses on with his RavenDB Image Gallery sample project, this time focusing on User Registration features, sharing the implementation of the business entities, services and integration tests.
  • Creating WIX Installer for ASP.NET Web Application - Petr Pechovic walks through the theory and process of building an installer for ASP.NET Web applications using the WIX installer in this Code Project article.
  • Integrating Prism v4 Region Navigation with Silverlight Frame Navigation - Karl Shifflett shares a sample application demonstrating the use of Prism V4 Region Navigation, and combining it with the the Silverlight 4 Frame Navigation showing how the two APIs can be combined.
  • Windows Phone 7 - Top 10 Tips for a Successful Marketplace Certification - ‘jodonnell’ shares a list of 10 key points to ensure you consider before submitting your applications to the marketplace for testing to help ensure that your application will pass the tests.
  • NHibernate 3 and Autofac, can go together? (part 1) - Context is King - Thang Chung explores using NHibernate 3 and the AutoFac IOC implementation together, and will be giving some background on each technology and showing some implementation. This first part looks at NHibernate 3.

The Morning Brew #700

Posted by Chris Alcock on 05 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

It’s a Brew Anniversary today - 700 editions old today, and a useful time to remind you all that if you have had articles featured in The Morning Brew, or you are a reader of The Morning Brew you can get a badge to display on your blog or website asserting that fact - full instructions are in Edition 500.

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  • jQuery Templates, Data Link, and Globalization Accepted as Official jQuery Plugins - Scott Guthrie proudly announces that the first three jQuery Plugins developed by Microsoft as a part of their partnership with the jQuery Project have now been officially accepted into the library. Scott gives a brief outline of the three plugins (jQuery Templates, jQuery Data Link, and jQuery Globalisation) along with links to the now official jQuery documentation.
  • Javascript Libraries and ASP.NET: A Guide to jQuery, AJAX and Microsoft - Dave Ward blogs on the MIX Online site about the new jQuery Plugins from Microsoft, along with looking at what the shift to jQuery has meant for the ASP.NET Ajax, Microsoft Ajax Library, ASP.NET Ajax Library and Ajax Control Toolkit projects giving a review of the origins and evolution of these projects
  • Developer Review - Four ASP.NET MVC View Engines - Jason Haley gives a detailed Developer Review of 4 of the most popular / common ASP.NET MVC View Engines, examining the WebFormsViewEngine, Spark, NHaml and Razor engines, looking at the features they offer compared to each other, and looks at them in use, giving a good basis to help you decide which to use for your projects.
  • Working with RavenDB Documents + Entities - The Debate - Rob Ashton takes a post aside from his RavenDB series to discuss the variety of possible solutions for working with Documents and Entities using RavenDB, looking at 4 approaches storing entiy data in the document store, looking at the pros and cons of each.
  • Defense in Depth: A Developer’s Perspective - Nick Harrison talks about the importance of having some level of depth in your security practices, talking about the importance of not just the network security infrastructure, but how developers should also put multiple layers of security into the code.
  • No backtracking, Part One - Eric Lippert talks about backtracking algorithms, and goes on to discuss how the C# compiler does no back tracking across the different phases of compilation, meaning each phase has to give a concrete solution, and examines this in the context of the lexing of expressions.
  • There’s no substitute for customer feedback! [Improving Windows Phone 7 application performance now a bit easier with LowProfileImageLoader and DeferredLoadListBox updates] - David Anson shares updates to the LowProfileImageLoader and DeferredLoadListBoc Windows 7 UI Classes which help improve the performance of Windows Phone 7 Applications. This update addresses a number of customer reported issues and suggestions.
  • Silverlight Sessions Coming to DevConnections Las Vegas November 1-4 - Dan Wahlin talks about some of the sessions he is going to be delivering at DevConnections, and gives a nice introduction to the MVVM (Model Viiew ViewModel) pattern in this blog post to set the scene for his more advanced session at the conference.

Community

  • The European NHDay will be streamed online - Great news for anyone who was unable to attend the first NHibernate Conference, being held in Bologna this Saturday (9th October), they will be streaming the talks from both tracks live on UStream, with recordings to be made available for on-demand viewing after the event.
  • Want a Windows Phone 7? Here’s your chance! - Pete Brown highlights the full day MSDN Simulcast of the Windows Phone 7 launch event on Tuesday 12th October, 5 hours of streamed content live from the event covering a range of topics from the basics of building applications for the Phone, design guidelines, games development with XNA, to the market place and the cloud.

The Morning Brew #699

Posted by Chris Alcock on 04 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Software

  • Extension Analyzer V3 - Mynor Ivan Muralles announces the release of Extension Analyzer V3 on the Visual Studio Blog. This extension provides exploration and diagnostic information for other extensions (covering VSIX, PkgDef, VS Packages and MEF components), allowing you to trouble shoot problems with extension loading
  • Introducing: Emaroo 1.0 - Roland Weigelt releases the first version of his Recently Used Files browser which gives a quick and easy way of opening recently used documents across a range of applications including Visual Studio, Blend and Office.

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Community

  • Brighton ALT.NET - The Brighton Alt.Net Community are meeting for beers tomorrow (Tuesday 5th October) at their usual venue, The Skiff. Th event is informal and follows the usual turn up, suggest topics, vote on them and then discuss the most interesting ones pattern
  • Europe Virtual ALT.NET: Recording of Andreas Öhlund on NServiceBus @ E-VAN 29 September 2010 - The European Virtual Alt.Net group have now posted the recording of Andreas Öhlund’s session on NServiceBus, in which he covered the message sending aspects of the service bus recorded at last Wednesday’s live meeting event
  • Europe Virtual ALT.NET: Glenn Block on "Embracing HTTP in the .NET platform" on 18 October 2010 - The European Virtual Alt.Net Group have their next event planned for the 18th October 2010, and will feature Glen Block talking on REST, and the improvements coming in WCF for working with REST and HTTP
  • NxtGenUG Event: C# Abuse with Jon Skeet - The Manchester chapter of the NxtGen User Group welcome Jon Skeet delivering a session on abusing the C# compiler creating code which causes the compiler (or your code reviewer) pain. The event is being held on Wednesday 20th October 2010 in Daresbury.
  • Event: SQL Server User Goup meeting in Edinburgh - Scottish Developers highlight a SQL Server User group event being held in Edinburgh this Thursday (7th October) at Microsoft’s offices. The event features Tony Rogerson and Allan Michell looking at implementing Hierarchies in relational data and exploring StreamInsight.
  • SQLBits videos (distinctly amateur) - Jamie Thomson shares a collection of behind the scenes interviews from this weekend’s SQLBits 7 event held in York giving a taste of what the event is all about. I had a great time at the event, and if you deal with SQL Server and you’ve never attended you really should.
  • WIN a FREE Phone with like NO effort and attend the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch - Scott Hanselman has brokered a deal where (US Only unfortunately) you can win a Windows Phone 7 device in return for a small amount of promotion of the Windows Phone 7 Launch events

The Morning Brew #698

Posted by Chris Alcock on 01 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: .NET, Development, Morning Brew

Looking forward to the SqlBits Saturday community event in York this weekend, always good to learn a bit more about SQL Server and to catch up with old acquaintances. If you see me there, come and say hello.

Software

  • AntiXSS 4.0 Released - The Microsoft Security Tools blog highlights the release of the AntiXSS 4.0 library. This is the binary release, the source code will be published on Codeplex next week. This release targets .NET 3.5, and helps you as a developer deal with correct encoding of values to ensure user provided values do not get executed at cause a security vulnerability.
  • ASP.NET Security Fix Now on Windows Update - Scott Guthrie discusses the release of the ASP.NET Padding Oracle fix on to Windows Update, and provides some answers to some further Frequently Asked Questions about the deployment and implications of the patch.
  • Neovolve.Toolkit 1.0 RTW - Rory Primrose announces the stable 1.0 release of his Neovolve Toolkit, and this release includes a number of features for Windows Workflow 4, along with additions and helpers for working with various areas of the .NET Framework including threading, reflection, communication, and the Unity container.

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